Comin’ Up at Hey Ho! Folk

Thursday 23rd May 2019

Brown Boots!

FOLK ON THE BOAT

Departing from the Barns Hotel (Cardington Road, Bedford) at 19.30pm for a 2 hour round trip, tickets are £17.50 per person and there’s a licensed bar available on board.

Call 01946 690301 for tickets

Ahoy there!
Hey Ho! Folk is going on a musical river cruise and you’re all invited!
We’ve some lively folk music from Brown Boots! They are a traditional folk duo made up of Will Allen on melodeon and Martin Clarke on fiddle.

They’ll take you on a journey across beautiful musical landscapes, which is perfect as the boat will be travelling along the pretty river through Bedford. The duo play tunes from across Britain and Ireland – and even further afield. It’s like going for a walk on a clear, spring morning, with the fresh air full of life! No need to bring your walking boots this time though guys, it’s a cosy boat trip!

 Call the friendly team at John Bunyan Community boat on 01946 690301 to get tickets.Brown Boots!- The Sailor’s Wife


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Cinder Well aka Amelia Baker

Saturday 8th June 2019

Cinder Well

Foster Hill Road Cemetery,
Foster Hill Road, Bedford, MK41 7TD

Doors at 7:30pm

Tickets £10 at eventbrite

Hurry up and get your tickets for this one! Cinder Well is the haunting folk project of singer and multi-instrumentalist, Amelia Baker from the USA.

The first night at our new venue: the Cemetery Chapel at Foster Hill Road. This is a fascinating and beautiful building and we are very lucky to be able to use it to hold our intimate folk nights.

Amelia’s songs are nostalgic and moving, centered around memory, loss, place, and longing. While heavily influenced by traditional American and Irish music and song, Cinder Well is deeply personal and original. Amelia Baker’s mourning vocals are framed with resonator guitar, shruti box, and strings, and her lyrics and cathartic melodies wrap listeners in a surrealist world just adjacent to our own.

Born out of a collective love of 1970’s folk-rock, traditional ballads, and dance music of America, Ireland, and Scandinavia, Cinder Well’s sound is at once provoking and nostalgic. 
>>Tickets available now.


Thursday 26th September 2019

FOLK ON THE BOAT

With Matt Tighe & Tad Sargent

Departing from the Barns Hotel (Cardington Road, Bedford) at 19.30pm for a 2 hour round trip, tickets are £17.50 per person and there’s a licensed bar available on board.

Call 01946 690301 for tickets

Folk duo Matt Tighe and Tad Sargent came to Bedford last year to play Folk on the Boat on The John Bunyan Boat. They loved it and we loved them so they’re back!

Their sublime folk tunes are a perfect accompaniment for a lazy trip down the Ouse. Take a cool glass of something fancy in your hand and soak up the delights of the river on an early autumnal evening.

Don’t miss out, these tickets are very limited. Call the friendly team at John Bunyan boat on 01946 690301 (Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00) to book your tickets £17.50


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The Askew Sisters at Bromham Mill

Saturday 19th October 2019

The Askew Sisters

Foster Hill Road Cemetery,
Foster Hill Road, Bedford, MK41 7TD

Doors at 7:30pm

Tickets £12 at eventbrite

Emily and Hazel Askew have become known as two of the foremost performers and interpreters of English folk music and they’re coming back to Bedford!

Their live performances brim with the depth and connection not only of two sisters, but also of two musicians who have been immersed in folk music all their lives.

Together, they rework and reinterpret songs and balladry, creating breath-taking arrangements, which allow words that are hundreds of years old to resonate profoundly with contemporary audiences.

Alongside this, both women are also skilled multi-instrumentalists and expert players of dance music, using fiddles, melodeons, concertina and cello in their innate drive to bring old dance music to life.

>>Tickets available now.

Mill Race Folk 2019

We’ve got some great folk acts booked for 2019 at Moot Hall in Elstow, Bedfordshire and at a new venue in the heart of Bedford town (details to be revealed in Spring). We have more podcast episodes planned, more trips aboard the John Bunyan Community Boat and Marisa Jack and Davy will be releasing a new record too. We will announce details of that later in the year.

COMING UP IN 2019

Cohen Braithewaite Kilcoyne
Saturday 19th January at Moot Hall
The perfect way to shake off the post Christmas blues!
Cohen took to squeezeboxes in his teens and has since developed into a fine player of both the melodeon and anglo concertina. 

His charming solo repertoire consists mainly of traditional songs, tunes and the occasional un-accompanied song. Expect ballads, industrial songs, sea songs and shanties all firmly rooted in the English tradition, with a fair amount of material linked to the West Midlands where Cohen has lived for much of his life.

Support comes from Marisa Straccia. She is one of the organisers of Mill Race Folk and one third of folk trio, Marisa Jack and Davy. She’ll be singing traditional British songs on banjo and guitar.Tickets are only £10. 
Buy tickets now>>>

Ewan McLennan.
Saturday 9th March at Moot Hall
Ewan’s last gig with Mill Race Folk was cancelled due to snow!
We have finally managed to get him back, and this time it will be at the incredibly beautiful Moot Hall in Elstow.

Ewan’s music has depth of feeling & sincerity. Whether singing haunting traditional Scottish ballads or weaving the powerful stories that make up his own songs, Ewan’s unique, moving and earthy voice is always compelling. His guitar playing is outstanding and forms an essential part of his music. Ewan’s project, entitled Breaking the Spell of Loneliness, was a collaborative tour and album with renowned author and journalist George Monbiot, seeking to use music and word to open up the issue of loneliness and community.

Support comes from Davy Willis. He is one of the organisers of Mill Race Folk and one third of folk trio, Marisa Jack and Davy. He’ll be singing traditional British songs on guitar.Tickets are only £10. 
Buy tickets now>>>

THE MILL RACE FOLK SONG PODCAST
Marisa Jack and Davy’s aim with Mill Race Folk is to create an intimate, cosy acoustic folk night with the best folk artists from around the country. Since 2015 we’ve been meeting all these great singers and players such as The Askew Sisters, Martin Carthy, Stick In The Wheel and John Kirkpatrick (to name but a few!) and we felt it would be great to share that in a podcast format.Find out more about traditional folk songs and learn straight from the people who sing them. In the podcasts we ask the performers at Mill Race Folk to choose a song to play as a session, then we have a little chat about it. Listen now >>
Folk On The Boat will return in Summer 2019. Acts to be announced soon. Dates for your diary are:
Thursday 23rd MAY 2019
Thursday 25TH JULY 2019
Thursday 26TH SEPTEMBER 2019
As soon as tickets are available we’ll let you know. Folk on the boat is a unique and beautiful way to experience traditional tunes on the water. Sit back, watch the world drift by as you cruise on the Ouse with drink or two. Ahhh, perfect!

A Quick Reminder

A quick reminder that we make folk podcasts and more are coming very soon (I can hear Jack editing our conversation with Bird in the Belly as I write this). On it we have folk music and chat about traditional songs by the people who play at Mill Race Folk. Why not check out our episode with singing ‘George Collins’. A spooky ballad involving a poisonous kiss of death from a jilted lover.

It’s available to download for free here. If you enjoy it, please subscribe so you never miss a future episode and give us a thumbs up or a nice review over on iTunes (or however you listen to your podcasts). This will help potential listeners to discover the podcasts more easily.

 

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne at Mill Race Folk

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We’re so excited that Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne is coming to Mill Race Folk at Moot Hall in January. The perfect way to shake off the post Christmas blues!

Cohen is a folk musician and singer. He has been a musician since the age of 6 and took to squeezeboxes in his teens and has since developed into a fine player of both the melodeon and anglo concertina. Cohen is also a well-regarded singer and in 2014 won Bromyard Folk Festival’s Future of Young Folk Award for singing.

His solo repertoire consists mainly of traditional songs with accompaniment from anglo concertina or melodeon. Alongside this Cohen also performs traditional tunes and the occasional un-accompanied song. An average solo performance includes traditional ballads, historical songs, industrial songs, sea songs and shanties all firmly rooted in the English tradition, with a fair amount of material linked to the West Midlands where Cohen has lived for much of his life.

Tickets are only £10 and are available now from eventbrite. Click here to buy tickets

Lampshades

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The next show is on Saturday 22nd of September at Moot Hall with Thom Ashworth and Jack Sharp. Tickets are available now

Mill Race Folk Programme 2018-2019

More acoustic events at Mill Race Folk will be announced soon, but here is a flavour of things to come. Tickets for the shows below are available to buy now.


 

Saturday 22nd September 2018

FOLK DOUBLE BILL

Jack Sharp and Thom Ashworth

Moot Hall, Church End, Elstow, MK42 9XT. Doors at 7:00 PM,

Tickets £10 + booking fee

To start our new Mill Race Folk season we have an amazing double bill.

Thom Ashworth is an English folksinger and bassist and has been described as a “vibrant new voice-to-watch on the folk scene” by fRoots Magazine. He performs stripped back arrangements of traditional songs on voice and acoustic bass guitar. Listen to Thom’s 2nd EP, ‘Hollow’

You will recognise Jack from Marisa Jack & Davy, and as one of the hosts of Mill Race Folk. He also plays in rock band Wolf People. He will be playing solo folk songs with guitar and bouzouki, many of which have been collected in Bedfordshire. Buy Tickets from Eventbrite now


Thursday 27th September 2018

Folk on the Boat

Matt Tighe & Tad Sargent

A two hour river cruise with live folk music from Matt and Tad leaves from the moorings at the Barns Hotel, Cardington Road, Bedford (boarding at 7.15 p.m).

Gorgeous folk duo Matt Tighe and Tad Sargent come to Bedford on 27th September to play Mill Race Folk on The John Bunyan Boat.  Their sublime folk tunes are a perfect accompaniment for a lazy trip down the Ouse. Take a cool glass of something fancy in your hand and soak up the delights of the river on an early autumnal evening.

Matt Tighe is quickly making a name for himself in the world of folk and Traditional music. He has been described as a, “fiery virtuoso”, and has already had an extensive experience in performance, playing at many festivals and clubs within the UK and Ireland. London Born Tad Sargent, whose family roots come from Castlebar in county Mayo, started playing music at a young age on the piano. He picked up the bouzouki in 2008 and has performed/recorded and worked with many great musicians and groups such as Barrule, Tony Christie, Luke Daniels and Cara Dillon.

Don’t miss out, these tickets are very limited. Call the friendly team at John Bunyan boat on 01946 690301 (Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00) to book your tickets £tbc


Saturday 13th October 2018

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Bird in the Belly

Moot Hall, Church End, Elstow, MK42 9XT. Doors at 7:00 PM,

Tickets £10 + booking fee

Bird in the Belly are a Brighton based collective made up of solo artist Jinnwoo, folk duo Hickory Signals, visual artist Epha Roe, and instrumentalist Tom Pryor. Together they have spent the last 12 months recording songs and stories that have either never before been recorded or are rarely recorded – all set to contemporary folk music, in the hopes of reintroducing these songs back into the folk canon. Tickets are available now

 


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Saturday 19th January 2019

Cohen Braithewaite Kilcoyne

Moot Hall, Church End, Elstow, MK42 9XT. Doors at 7:00 PM,

Tickets £10 + booking fee

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne is a folk musician and singer. Cohen has been a musician since the age of 6 and took to squeezeboxes in his teens and has since developed into a fine player of both the melodeon and anglo concertina. Cohen is also a well-regarded singer and in 2014 won Bromyard Folk Festival’s Future of Young Folk Award for singing.

Cohen’s solo repertoire consists mainly of traditional songs with accompaniment from anglo concertina or melodeon. Alongside this Cohen also performs traditional tunes and the occasional un-accompanied song. An average solo performance includes traditional ballads, historical songs, industrial songs, sea songs and shanties all firmly rooted in the English tradition, with a fair amount of material linked to the West Midlands where Cohen has lived for much of his life. Buy tickets from Eventbrite now


Saturday 9th March 2019

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Ewan McLennan

Moot Hall, Church End, Elstow, MK42 9XT. Doors at 7:00 PM,

Tickets £10 + booking fee

Ewan’s last gig with Mill Race Folk was cancelled due to snow. We have finally managed to get him back, and this time it will be at the incredibly beautiful Moot Hall in Elstow.

Ewan’s music has depth of feeling & sincerity. Whether singing haunting traditional Scottish ballads or weaving the powerful stories that make up his own songs, Ewan’s unique, moving and earthy voice is always compelling. His guitar playing is outstanding and forms an essential part of his music. Ewan’s most recent project, entitled Breaking the Spell of Loneliness, was a collaborative tour and album with renowned author and journalist George Monbiot, seeking to use music and word to open up the issue of loneliness and community.

Support will come from hosts Marisa Jack & Davy. Buy tickets from Eventbrite now

 

Invisible Folk Club

Thanks so much to Jon Bickley and Steve Yarwood at Invisible Folk Club podcast. We had a great time on a hot and sticky Saturday afternoon singing, drinking tea and chatting away about all things Mill Race Folk. We had a lovely time. Their podcast will be available to download in the Autumn.

Invisible Folk Club are a small production company based in south east England producing podcasts and radio shows aimed mainly at the folk music community and related groups. They champion authentic music that is ancient and modern and have produced over 50 podcast shows! Why not check out a show on mix cloud.

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Photo by Jon Bickley from Invisible Folk Club

Folk on the Boat With Matt Tighe and Tad Sargent

Gorgeous folk duo Matt Tighe and Tad Sargent come to Bedford on 27th September to play Mill Race Folk on The John Bunyan Boat.  Their sublime folk tunes are a perfect accompaniment for a lazy trip down the Ouse. Take a cool glass of something fancy in your hand and soak up the delights of the river on a late summer’s evening.

The two hour folk cruise leaves from the moorings at the Barns Hotel, Cardington Road, Bedford boarding at 7.15 p.m.

A 3 course pre-cruise dinner can be booked in advance from the Barns Hotel (01234 270044). Drinks are available from the Riverside Tavern Bar

So don’t miss out! Call the friendly team at John Bunyan boat on 01946 690301 (Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00) to book your tickets

About Matt and Tad:

Living in South London and born to an Irish and Trinidadian background, fiddle player Matt Tighe is quickly making a name for himself in the world of folk and Traditional music. He has been described as a, “fiery virtuoso”, and has already had an extensive experience in performance, playing at many festivals and clubs within the UK and Ireland. Matt has won numerous awards such as the London Fiddle Champion and numerous All Britain Championships, been a finalist in the Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections and a nominee at the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

London Born Tad Sargent, whose family roots come from Castlebar in county Mayo, started playing music at a young age on the piano.  He started playing the bodhrán (the Irish drum) in 2002 after re-discovering his childhood love for Irish music. Learning about Irish music took years of attending sessions run by Irish music legends such as Mick O’Connor.  He picked up the bouzouki in 2008 and has performed/recorded and worked with many great musicians and groups such as Barrule, Tony Christie, Luke Daniels and Cara Dillon.

 

Folk Podcast Episode Four

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Marisa Jack and Davy present The Mill Race Folk Podcast. It’s all about traditional folk songs by the people who perform them.

We spoke to Gemma Khawaja before the Mill Race Folk sing-a-round at The Star Rowing Club in Bedford on the 14th April 2018. She sings ‘George Collins’ (aka Clerk Colvill and Clerk Colven). It’s a mysterious ballad with many supernatural elements and a story involving poisonous kisses and jilted lovers.

Gemma has just released a new album called Caelum Scalptorium (The Engraver’s Chisel). It’s a available to download from Bandcamp.

Like the music? Come to Mill Race Folk in Bedford and experience the night for yourself. We would love to see you there. Find us on FacebookTwitter or check out our website.

Original Music and Production by Jack Sharp

Edited by Jack Sharp & Marisa Straccia

Administration by Marisa Straccia

Folk on the Boat

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Book your tickets for Folk on the Boat with Bryony Griffith and Will Hampson now.  Head to the John Bunyan Community Boat to find out more or call 01234 270044 to buy a ticket.

Expect powerful vocals from Bryony and deliciously rustic fiddle playing.  She will be accompanied by her husband, Will who is an excellent box player.  They have a distinctive repertoire of dark ballads, chorus songs and dance tunes all delivered with good-humoured Yorkshire banter.

Support comes from MarisaJack&Davy!